Monday, August 15, 2011

Look For Less: Paper & Linen

For a long time I've loved this paper and linen piece of artwork from Natural Curiosities:

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I saw one of them at market in spring; it's even more beautiful in person. Here is my iPhone picture..

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As much as I would LOVE the real thing, it's pricey and out of my budget right now, and I knew it'd be pretty simple to create a look for less option.

I found the handmade paper at Kate's Paperie. It looks like she's currently out of stock on these types of papers right now and I don't see the one I purchased on the site. I purchased it a while ago.

I looked and looked and could not find an HUGE acrylic frame, so I just used the largest white Ribba frame from IKEA.

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The linen fabric I also purchased at IKEA in their fabric department. It's super thin (which is good for framing in the Ribba frame) and was only around $6/yard.

As you can imagine, it was super simple to create these pieces of "art". The hardest part was cutting down the paper. The paper was too big for the frame...

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So I cut as best as I could around the curves to keep it looking organic:

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I used the back of the Ribba frame as a template to cut the fabric out. Charlotte was my little helper, as always.

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Then I ironed the fabric with heavy starch. I loove heavy starch.

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Like my wallpaper?!? haha... obviously we haven't done anything to this guest room. It's currently our ironing room, but someday it will be a baby room.

Then I just put the elements in the frame, and voila! Finished! So super easy.

It was difficult to take pictures of the pieces in my room because of the glare from the windows... but hopefully you get the idea ;)

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As you can see, this wall is super long and was very empty.. these frames help fill the space and balance out the room since the other side is heavy with the windows + curtain panels and dresser.

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This wall color is CRAZY in pictures. It's actually a slate gray. Here is what the actual color looks like:

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I'm sure it's camera user error on my part.

The linen in the frames tie in with the linen of the curtain panels on the other side of the room. (There is also linen on the settee at the end of the bed).

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The room is almost done... the only thing left to do is find a great mirror for above the dresser. I'm thinking round.

Then I can take "after" pictures! Or maybe have a photographer friend take afters because the room could use a wide angle lens and someone who knows how to accurately capture color ;)

41 comments:

  1. That looks amazing & so does your bedroom! Can't wait to see "afters"!

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  2. Bryn, I adore the art and everything you've done in this room; I love how it's all come together.  Really beautiful!

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  3. Your bedroom is just beautiful and serene, Bryn. Clearly, you have taken a lot of time to decorate slowly and thoughtfully. BTW, how did you attach the paper to the linen? Glue?

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  4. they look beatiful!! so simple an pretty on that gray wall! i love your whole bedroom...thanks for sharing. cant wai to see the afters:)

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  5. Love it! The entire room has pulled together beautifully!

    Would you mind sharing the color you used for your dresser? Or did you end up color matching?

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  6. Looks great! Straight out of West elm.

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  7. What a great diy! Artwork can be so expensive so this is such a great post. The room is amazing. I cannot wait to see the full after pictures.

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  8.  I color matched the dresser paint to the teal ruffle pillow that is on my bed.

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  9. I actually didn't glue anything! I just laid the paper down into the frame, then laid the linen over it, then secured the back of the frame. It all stayed put!

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  10. Love those! BTW, I recently rented a wide angle lens at Biggs Camera in Charlotte. It was around $25. for the day. It was a super nice lens too. Just a thought in case you wanted to give it a go yourself...

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  11. My goodness, these are gorgeous! I like yours better than the originals, not even kidding.

    Marissa
    www.roost-home.blogspot.com

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  12. bryn!!  this looks fabulous!  totally might have to give this a try!

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  13. Wow - what a great idea.  I might need to "borrow" this at some point :)

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  14. Fantastic idea!

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  15. The art looks awesome! I am in the process of painting all of my bedroom furniture navy from black. Did you paint your dresser, or did you buy it like that? I love the color!

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  16. What a great idea.  It turned out beautifully.  It's such a pretty room too.

    jbhat

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  17. Wow! They turned out amazing! They look expensive too!

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  18. looks amazing. love the teal dresser. fun pop of color.

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  19. Looks great!  I love a good DIY.  :)

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  20. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!!!  Nice work girl!

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  21. Super cool art! I love this. You did a great job and your room looks wonderful. I really like the wall color, too.

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  22. Lady, you never cease to amaze me! This is fabulous and it looks great in your room. 

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  23. Wow it looks amazing! That pillow is to die for and I am really impressed by the DIY art.

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  24. Lori @ Lori May InteriorsAugust 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Wow, I'm so impressed with your artwork! They look amazing!
    Take care,
    Lori
    www.lorimayinterior.com/blog

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  25. Those look great Bryn! Love this idea.

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  26. Love this idea - the paper is vey pretty and love the linen behind it -

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  27. Bryn, I LOVE this idea.  It's is beautiful and so interesting.  I hope to recreate for our large empty bedroom wall!  Great Job!  Love your blog.

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  28. The art looks great! Where did you find, or how did you make the fabric cover end table? I have been looking for one for my bedroom, and I love the neutral pattern. 

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  29. I love your version!!  The room is coming together so nicely!  I really like your gold wall lamps...

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  30. Obsessed with the art!!  Looks WAY better than the more expensive one!  Love Love!  I would buy it!  :)

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  31. This is so beautiful!  Thank you for sharing, Bryn!  

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  32. AthoughtfulplaceblogAugust 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Such a stunning wall color. You have done a beautiful job. I just love the artwork you did. And I am loving your bedside table skirt. Might have to do something similar!

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  33. Wow, I adore the art! Great job. It looks even better than the original/expensive version!

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  34. You did a great job! Do you know the name of this paper type? I couldn't find it at Kate's, and thought I'd try searching elsewhere but I don't know where to begin! Thanks!

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  35. Oh I just love this!  Any idea of where to get the paper?  I called Kates and they don't carry it anymore.  I also called 15 other paper shops and I can't find anywhere.  I have the frames and everything, but I just can't find a place to order the paper.  Please help! rebekahjoyce@hotmail.com

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  36. Kristen@MyCoveredBridgeFebruary 26, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    I love this art!  I just pinned it.  I'm your newest follower!

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  38. This paper just came in to Kate's from overseas! http://www.katespaperie.com/store/category/decorative_paper/handmade?page=1&per_page=64

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  39. Pinned it! I guess I'll just have to make another run to Ikea for the frames;)









    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  40. I made two of these today!  The paper is back in at Kate's. My husband has shot down every single picture I've bought to hang in our foyer. This one he actually LOVED! Can you believe it! I tend to pay a good bit for my art, this is my least expensive piece and my fav by far!!  Yay!!!

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  41. Love this paint color! Do you know the name/brand of it?

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